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Nanotechnology and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) Symposium 2006

This web site compiles the presentations, abstracts, highlights, panel discussion summaries, and biographies of the presenters at the Nanotechnology and OSWER Symposium 2006.

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly one to 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Nanotechnology has enormous potential to change the way we do things, but also presents new challenges to solid waste management. In July 2006, an international group of renowned legal, academic, and industrial experts in the field of nanotechnology met to discuss how nanomaterials will affect solid waste practices.

The papers, presentations, and abstracts reflect the views of their author(s) and are not necessarily the views of EPA.

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Select a conference session below to view the abstract, presentation slides, question and answer session, and biography of the speaker for that session. Alternatively, a complete document featuring all of the session documents (PDF) (272 pp, 18.8 MB) (Please note that this file is extremely large and may take several minutes to download, depending on the speed of your connection) is now available online, as is the list of registrants and contact information (PDF) (17pp, 385KB)

Nanotechnology and OSWER Symposium 2006 Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 12
Time Topic Speaker
9:30-10:30AM Introduction: Overview of Nanotechnology and the Environment
• Applications of Nanotechnology
• Benefits and Potential Threats to the Environment
Dr. Vicki Colvin Rice University - Houston, TX
10:30-11:30AM Session 1: Life Cycle of Nanomaterials Dr. Stig Irving Olsen Technical University of Denmark - Lyngby, Denmark
1:00-2:00PM Session 2: Potential Exposure Scenarios and Potential Toxicity of Nanomaterials Dr. David Warheit E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. - Newark, DE
2:00-3:00PM Session 3: Detection and Characterization of Nanomaterials in the Environment (2 speakers) • Mr. John Scalera U.S. EPA - Washington, DC
• Dr. Anil K. Patri National Cancer Institute - Frederick, MD
3:30-4:30PM Session 4: Fate and Transport of Nanomaterials Dr. Gregory V. Lowry Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

Day 2 - Thursday, July 13
Time Topic Speaker
9:00-10:00AM Session 5: Waste Management of Nanomaterials
• New Nanoproducts
• Impacts on Current Waste Management Practices
• Pollution Prevention

Dr. Lou Theodore Manhattan College - New York, NY

10:15-12:00PM Session 6: Review of Regulations, Positions, Policies, Guidance, and Actions for Nanomaterials (2 speakers)
• General Environmental Law Framework
• Policies on Redevelopment, Institution Controls, Land Reuse
• Mr. Mark Greenwood Ropes & Gray - Washington, DC
• Mr. Tracy D. Hester Bracewell & Giuliani LLP - Houston, TX
1:00-3:00PM Session 7: Panel Discussion
• OSWER Policy and Regulatory Questions
• Data Evaluation and Gaps
• Next Steps
All Speakers and Special Guests

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